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All posts by Richard Oakley

Richard Oakley is best described as a ‘media guy, entrepreneur, and full-time geek’, a role he somehow found himself in despite dedicating his varsity years at Rhodes University to studying Law. Starting his first company at 17 years old, Richard is an entrepreneur at heart, despite the fact that he spends his 9-5 in the media industry. You’ll more than likely find him talking all things tech and startup over beers in Cape Town.
  • Why we’re not quite ready for the hardware startup renaissance

    "The Hardware Renaissance". It's unmissable. Paul Graham has noticed it and, certainly, my credit card has. Where once, entrepreneurs turned to software to form their 'next big thing', there is an increasing trend towards hardware in this space and, while many would seem to point to the likes of Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms as the driving force behind this shift, I believe that the credit should really be handed to two guys in Cupertino who changed the way the world feels about hardware; Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Good riddance Carol Bartz

    Personally, I've never liked Carol Bartz. For some reason, it is impossible for her name to be mentioned without a mental image of Sarah Palin forming in my head instead. And you don't need to know a great deal of my political views to understand that this isn't a good association. While Bartz does (presumably) know that Africa is a continent, and is highly unlikely to produce a reality TV show featuring her tackling grizzly bears in Alaska (actually, Hell, I'd watch that!), she is known for her not infrequent gaffes in interviews, and is the subject of an...